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Elements of Art: Form 4/5

Posted on: November 3, 2009

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Caulk, caulk spreaders, sticky vinyl scraps, permanent markers and a box lid of plastic stuff for every group of 5 kids

An industrious student assembles a robot sculpture!Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto!Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week   8  Grade   4/5

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Form

Cost per student: $.05

Materials: Lots of plastic doodads (marker caps, old game pieces, bottle caps, straws etc) and at least one plastic container for each kid. Something like a yogurt cup, empty hotel size shampoo, slide box, etc. Silicone caulk and old plastic lids for holding dollops of caulk. Sharpies, old stickers (I have leftover sticky vinyl from the pin/magnet shape lesson), plastic to cover the tables.

Students will be able to explain that forms take up space and identify the use of forms in art.

Vocabulary: form, three dimensional, space, sculpture, abstract

1. Discuss the concept of form, supported by Art in Action (5th grade book) pages 84-96 (or obviously whatever book you have handy). Talk about how form and space are related, and a form taking up three dimensional space is called a sculpture. Have the kids use their hands to create forms, like maybe a spider, a bowl, a roof, a rabbit, etc.

2. Show them all the plastic and explain that their job will be to create a robot sculpture from various plastic detritus.  Have them choose a larger container for the body and label it somewhere with their name.

3. Show them how to dip their robot parts into the dollops of caulk, like a French fry in ketchup (no scooping) and to hold them to the robot body for a count of 5 to let it set up a little. Building the robot flat on its back might work best; when it dries then it can stand up.

4. If they want to add detail with stickers or sharpies, have them add it to the piece before they glue it to the body. Otherwise it will get shifted while they add detail and disturb the drying process. Talk about all the details a robot might have: a control panel, a jet pack, a radio or onboard computer, lasers, wheels, etc. Remind them people can see their sculptures from all angles; don’t forget the backs and sides.

5. Allow them to dry undisturbed for 24 hours. Stand them up to display! I think I will have parents collect them and take them home during conferences so they don’t get mangled in backpacks heading home.

Reflections and feedback:

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2 Responses to "Elements of Art: Form 4/5"

I think this would be fun even for my preschoolers.

Oh, I agree it could be fun for any age. I am going to post the pictures soon, so many creative and fun ideas!

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